I bought this book because HBO made a series out of it and it really grabbed my attention. The idea from the author is good -- how ordinary people react to such a thing as the "Rapture." However, the TV version has taken on a life of its own and I find it's more interesting.
I watch the TV show first and then I listened to the book. I found it to be most excellent. Very well written, excellent use of metaphor, and a very mature subject line. for the most part it was familiar characters in new situations. maybe 20% of the book was depicted on screen. only a few things we're actually changed about the characterizations between the book and the TV show, nothing particularly consequential. it read more like a whole new season of the leftovers versus being and exact storyline.
The entire concept of the book- a rapture like event- is completely unnecessary. People reacting to a disaster or a war even could be substituted. The author thinks up this interesting initiating event, then proceeds to ignore it completely. We don't find out anything more about it. The characters are completely lifeless and wooden.They don't feel like real people reacting to a supernatural event, or even a non- supernatural tragedy. The plot is non- existent, as boring things things happen for no real reason, leading nowhere, doing nothing to spark even the smallest meditation of loss, love, religion or culture. I guess that was supposed to be character development, but honestly, who cares? All of the characters were such milquetoast nothings that it didn't matter a whit to me whether they lived, died, or whatever. And somehow this is supposed to be funny? I didn't laugh once. I stuck with it until the final chapter when something resembling a story beings to take shape, then is abruptly cancelled with an ending so banal it made me wonder why the author bothered to even write it. It's like he finally decided to tell us something interesting, then recanted and quit. Hopefully the show is better, but if this is what passes for quality fiction theses days, I'm going back to non- fiction. Save your money- I wish I had those 9 hours of my life back. Ugh.
No, just his author, who I l will never read again.
Anyone else- he was terrible.
Can I have my money back?
I love Tom Perrotta's writing. I was also very intrigued by the plot of this novel. Perrotta makes a fantastical scenario relatable. Having read it years ago I was very impressed with Denis Boutsikaris' narration and his ability to further bring Perrotta's characters to life. This book is one I revisit often.
After a while listening to hours upon hours of someone's voice irks you; but, I enjoyed listening to this book during my morning/evening commute. I originally saw the show on HBO and was blown away by the honesty behind it, feeling the need to watch it a second time- I immediately wanted to read the book. The book is different from the show- which I liked- both make me think a lot, as someone whose not religious, I often wonder about some of events listed in the bible as having happened or soon to happen. It's an interesting conversation starter to say the least.
The performance was great. The story was great. Loved the references to Westchester and the surrounding areas (like the mention of Rutgers, Binghamton, and Syracuse).
Did not enjoy. A disjointed story about the human condition. Too many characters and storylines that are left open-ended.
Associate Fashion Designer. Artist. Day dreamer. Book in my bag at all times.
It feels like it was unfinished, it has no real ending and doesn't fully develop some characters story lines.